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Sara Bran

Catching the Comet's Tail

Catching the Comet's Tail is a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing the creative process with blogger Sara Bran. Sara's personal blog, Notes from the Edge of Motherhood, containing articles on family life, motherhood and ageing was long-listed for a MAD Blog Award for Best Writer 2013, was Netmum's Blog of the Month twice and has been Freshly Pressed by Wordpress.

Sara lives in London with her two daughters, a husband and a cat.

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Viv Albertine: A State of Compulsion

"As a woman born in the 1950s, and growing up through the 60s and 70s, the first obstacle I had to overcome, was believing I could be creative.  Still now, I dare not use the word 'artist' about myself.  
06/06/2014 12:19 BST

The Society of the Golden Slippers: Is This the Best Night Out in London?

I'm at the <em>Society of the Golden Slippers</em>, an intimate music showcase, and am lucky enough to be watching Elvis' daughter sing in a space the size of your front room. It is so crowded I have to contort my body into shapes I learned at yoga to just-about-see Lisa Marie's feet.
19/02/2014 17:09 GMT

Writer & Stand-Up Viv Groskop: Laughter Lines

"I've got a work-in-progress show of the book,<em> I Laughed, I Cried</em>, at the Funny Women Pop-Up Fringe in Edinburgh on August 18 and 19. I still haven't worked out if there's a way of talking about stand-up in the context of a comedy show."
15/07/2013 16:47 BST

Artist Sandra Turnbull: Sense and Sensuality

Prior to becoming an artist, Sandra co-managed the band Eurythmics and, after many years of nurturing the creativity of others, she has finally come to honour her own talents.
11/07/2013 23:35 BST

Musician Amanda Palmer: Spontaneous Intimacy

This week's Catching the Comet's Tail features musician, artist, and all-round creative maverick Amanda Palmer who is currently touring Europe with her band Grand Theft Orchestra. You may know Amanda from her inspiring TED talk on The Art of Asking and if you want to hear a song about relationships that will bring you to your knees, check out The Bed Song.
05/07/2013 15:58 BST

Musician KT Tunstall: Desert Boots

Recorded over twenty days in the middle of the Arizona desert, Invisible Empire is musically stripped down, as emotionally raw and vast as the landscape which spawned it.
17/06/2013 13:37 BST

Author Matt Haig: Loving the Alien

MaAtt Haig's latest novel, <em>The Humans</em>, is a simple yet moving story that will have you weeping at the beauty and futility of it all.
16/05/2013 15:22 BST

Author Rosie Fiore: Hooking the Thread

Catching the Comet's Tail features author Rosie Fiore. Her second novel, Wonder Women, is a brilliantly observed, multi-layered story about three women at a crossroads in their lives. Through her engaging, realistic cast of characters, Fiore tackles important issues such as motherhood, marriage, female friendship and ambition.
08/05/2013 12:32 BST

Artist Ylva Kunze: Chance and Control

This week, I spoke to Swedish contemporary artist <strong>Ylva Kunze</strong> during her first London show, Artist in Residence. Her canvases, informed by the woods and lakes of her childhood in Småland, are deeply affecting, filled with kinetic fervour.
30/04/2013 14:10 BST

Letting Men Into the Cult of Motherhood

The problem, as I see it, is that if we stick with the feminine and masculine principles as cultural rather than something housed within each individual, how can men ever meet us in the domestic sphere so that we 'parent' our children together?
31/01/2013 16:23 GMT

A Chaos of Edges: Welcome to the Perimenopause

Many of my female friends over forty are feeling daunted by the imminent onset of the 'change'. It looms on our horizon like a gathering storm of ancient soot and carnage. Our air is heavy with anticipation, we're all forecasting doom and it has to stop.
17/12/2012 10:22 GMT

Top 10 Spookiest Places in Britain

I still have a love/sh*t-my-pants relationship with this time of year and occasions such as Samhain, Halloween, All Saint's Day and Bonfire Night. Many of the festivals taking place over the next few weeks are, at heart, celebrations about finding light in the darkness of winter as well as being a time to honour those no longer with us. In short, it's spook season and I spend quite a lot of it hiding behind the sofa, peeping between the fingers of my six-year-old. But I'm feeling brave, and in the spirit of not being a lily-livered, malingering pant-wetter, here is a list of the spookiest most atmospheric places in Britain I can think of.
29/10/2012 18:22 GMT

Do You Write 'Mother' on Your CV?

I found myself writing apologetically that I had taken 'career breaks' around the births of my two daughters. I did not write in big, bold letters 'Mother' the same way I wrote 'PR Manager' or 'Copywriter'. And the more I didn't write 'Mother' in big, bold letters to explain the years 1996-1998 and 2005-2009, the more furious I felt.
24/08/2012 11:32 BST

The Enduring Perfection of Nadia Comaneci

One of my most abiding Olympic memories is of the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Montreal Games. As I recall, there was a heatwave that summer, one that scorched its way across the US like a smoldering fuse-wire, raging through cities and forests, melting tarmac, setting prairies alight and drying my lips to paper.
31/07/2012 13:09 BST